Iím both. But the fall is dedicated to marching band and will be doing marching stuff in class for first few months and just feel they should do both. It becomes difficult to have several kids in class but not being a part of the main class activity.
Iím open, just wanted thoughts on what others do.
I get kids not digging marching band, just hate that they will also miss out on being part of the main performing group in the fall.
You may need to evaluate the culture of your new job. Obviously -you're- a marching guy, but maybe the students aren't. Best I can see it, it seems you have a few options:
1.) Evaluate yourself and your approach. Are you coming at this the same way you did at your other jobs, where you had kids that lived for marching band? Your current students simply may not respond to this, so you may have to try some new strategies.
2.) Draw the line in the sand and change the culture. You will lose students. You will lose -great- students. But it is YOUR program, so you are perfectly within your rights to make the priorities what you want.
3.) Meet them halfway. I get the impression that you may be all about marching season and concert season is what you do until it's marching season again. Maybe back off the contests and intensity a bit. Get your 1 at UIL, go to Area, and move on. Challenge yourself to become more of a balanced director, and learn to love both seasons equally, then pass that onto your students.
4.) This is, of course, the most extreme. If whatever you decide doesn't work, you may not be the right fit for the school. That doesn't mean you're a bad director, just there are some differences that can't be overcome. Find another place where you can be successful in what you're good at and love, and pass that along to the students.